It may be retired, but its work isn’t done just yet. The hardwood court that has played home to a number of Milwaukee Bucks games will soon find its new home in Tbilisi, Georgia, thanks to the work of NBA player Zaza Pachulia (pictured above) and Mercer, Wisconsin-based Action Floor Systems.
The company, a leading manufacturer of premium hardwood maple sports floors, is partnering with the Dallas Mavericks’ centre to load, ship and install the court in Pachulia’s native country this summer.
In Pachulia’s 13-year NBA career, he played a total of three seasons with the Milwaukee Bucks, the most recent being last season.
Tom Abendroth, President of Action Floor Systems, LLC, said:
When Zaza (Pachulia) approached us with this opportunity we immediately agreed to participate. What we’re doing here with Zaza and the academy is giving the children of Tbilisi the opportunity to have the best court experience while playing the wonderful sport of basketball.
The idea started when Pachulia noticed something at a youth basketball camp he was holding in Tbilisi: it was the same floor he trained on as a child.
The ball got rolling on tracking down a replacement court when the Bucks chose to install a new Action Floor Systems court in the Milwaukee’s BMO Harris Bradley Center. Pachulia then purchased the retired court from the facility’s management corporation.
That was when Action Floor Systems offered its expertise to disassemble, ship and reassemble the court in Georgia.
A grand-opening ceremony at the Zaza Pachulia Basketball Academy in Tbilisi is tentatively set for early June.